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Inspiring Scotland announced as delivery partner for islands recovery programme


Island communities will benefit from a £2 million programme of locally-led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Islands Green Recovery Programme, announced in the Programme for Government and now open for applications, is split into four strands and managed by four partners, delivering investment in low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects.

Part of the funding will be used to help independent food retailers and businesses introduce packaging-free shops and remove the need for disposable packaging. Sustainable travel initiatives, climate change projects and projects to improve local supply chains can also apply for funding.

Inspiring Scotland will deliver a strand worth £900,000 which aims to support island communities through funding for capital expenditure projects contributing to green recovery and carbon emission reductions. Applications are open from September 13 until October 21.

Islands Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:

“We know that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on our island communities. We want to use the learning from impacts encountered and solutions that have been identified during this pandemic to build the resilience of our island communities.

“The Islands Green Recovery Programme will stimulate new economic activity across our islands, helping businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and creating new, quality jobs.

“We know being environmentally responsible and mitigating the effects of climate change can be more expensive for people living on our islands. This investment will also help reduce that financial burden and back projects that support sustainable, on-island employment.”

Inspiring Scotland Chief Executive Celia Tennant said:

“We are delighted to support this programme of investment which will contribute to the economic, environmental, and social wellbeing of our island communities.

“We welcome the opportunity to fund and support locally-led green projects and look forward to working with all sectors – from businesses to sole traders, from charities to community groups – to help the economic prosperity of our islands.”


The £2 million is shared between:

  • Zero Waste Scotland fund – £300,000 to introduce packaging free shops
  • Energy Saving Trust fund – £300,000 to support carbon neutral initiatives
  • Inspiring Scotland fund – £900,000 to support community recovery projects
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise fund – £500,000 to support green economic recovery
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